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BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 04 June 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1514
  1. T Greenhalgh

    “I done me Gazza ligament, innit, doc?” He had been route marching with the Territorial Army. I examined the knee, diagnosed simple overuse, and gave standard advice.

    “No x ray then, doc? Don't get no letter for the specialist?”

    “No x ray; no specialist,” I confirmed. He shrugged, hesitated, and asked for a chest x ray instead.

    He was young and had never smoked. I reminded him that this was not Marks and Spencers. But, he insisted, his mate had seen a bloke on the private for a routine checkup and got an x ray. He just knew I would have done more …

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